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SFIA Seeks Millions in Duty Relief on Sports & Fitness Imports

Date: 10/17/16

International Trade Commission Announces MTB Process – Petitions Due in 60 Days

Silver Spring, MD, October 17, 2016 – On Friday, October 14, the International Trade Commission (ITC) opened the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) process for tariff relief on qualified sports and fitness products.  The ITC will start accepting petitions from U.S. businesses requesting a suspension or reduction in tariffs on certain U.S. imports.  The launch begins the new process for consideration of duty relief via the MTB and is managed by the ITC.  The final deadline to file a petition is Monday, December 12, 2016 at 5:15 PM.

Interested Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) member companies that qualify for tariff relief must file petitions with the ITC.   The ITC will vet all the requests for relief, recommend approval or dismissal of petitions, and send a report on their findings to Congress.  Petitions that are filed and reviewed will be published and available to the public to view and submit comments.

On September 28, 2016, the SFIA announced that it has begun working with its members on petitions for ITC consideration.

SFIA has identified the following products for potential MTB tariff relief. Some were previously vetted and others are new, information on proposed tariff relief for repeat products is included below:

 Previous

 Current  2013   Current 
 MTB Products Duty Rate  Proposed Rate  New MTB Products  Duty Rate 
 Basketballs(Leather)  4.8%  Free (0%) 'Other' Balls  4.8% 
 Basketballs (Rubber) 4.8% 2.2%  Tennis Racquets (Strung) 5.3%
 Basketballs (Other) 4.8% 2.9% Tennis Racquets (Unstrung)  4.9 
 Volleyballs 4.8%  Free (0%) Badminton Racquets  5.6% 
 Golf Bags 7.0%  1.5%  Racquetball Racquets 4.0% 
 Drivers 4.9%  4.6% Squash Racquets 4.0% 
 Fairway Woods 4.9%  Free (0%)  Table Tennis 5.1% 
 Hybrids 4.9%  Free (0%)  Excercise Cycles 4.6%
 Irons 4.9% 3%  Exercise Rowing Machines 4.6%
 Wedges 4.9%  3%  Swimming/Wading Pools 5.3%
 Putters 4.9% 3% Yoga Mats 4.6%
      Batting Gloves 3%
      Mouth Gaurds 4%
      Men's & Women's Martial Arts Uniforms 7.5%
      Boxing Gloves 4.9%
      Swim Goggles 2.5%
      Stopwatches 3.9%
      Fitness Trackers 1.2%

Companies interested in pursuing duty-relief for these products or others should contact Bill Sells, SFIA’s Vice President for Public Affairs at bsells@sfia.org.

ABOUT SFIA: The Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), the #1 source for sport and fitness research, is the leading global trade association of manufacturers, retailers, and marketers in the sports products and fitness industry. SFIA seeks to promote sports and fitness participation as well as industry vitality through research, thought leadership, public affairs, industry affairs, and member services. For more information, please visit www.sfia.org.
 

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